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Comments For 'Star People' & 'Orc'
Very effective in few words. I like how you show that the residue of "humanity" still exists -- that "emptiness, like a physical ache, unable to be filled" longing. Sad.
Thank you very much, Elfscribe!
I hadn't expected that I would ever write a companion piece to "Star People". But suddenly, there it was--and written about the same time of year as the first...
The transmutation of the elves into orcs was surely the most despicable of Morgoth's offenses. Such a sad thing to see it in action here, yet still the mother orc remembers a distant concept of beauty and that she would like to soothe her young ones with it. Well done.
Yes, the most despicable, I think. So horrifying that Tolkien later regretted having invented this theory about the origin of orcs, although I am not sure he ever convincingly replaced it with any other explanation.
Thank you very much for reading and reviewing!
This destruction of life is what makes Morgoth so evil, I think. Chilling and heartbreaking, as Oshun said.
Thank you. It is certainly one of the most enduring of Morgoth's evils. After the War of Wrath, the Noldorin thralls in Angband are freed and so are the thralls of Sauron after the War of the Ring, or at any rate many of them, but neither Eonwe nor anyone else seems to have managed to do anything to free the orcs. Although I've once come across a fan fiction in which Aragorn made the attempt.
Poor little orcs...
I am glad you pity them. They're actually not entirely orcs yet, I suppose, but their chances of escaping that fate are minimal.
Very effective! Chilling and heartbreaking ficlet and absolutely perfect for posting on Halloween.
Thank you, Oshun! I didn't have Halloween in mind at all when I wrote this a couple of weeks ago, but it was rather an appropriate day to post it on, wasn't it? The clocks went back the same day and ever since then it has seemed much darker...